Magazine article Screen International

Amazon Takes Iain M Banks Novel Rights

Magazine article Screen International

Amazon Takes Iain M Banks Novel Rights

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Dennis Kelly to write Consider Phlebas adaptation with Plan B producing.

Amazon Studios has acquired global TV rights to Iain M Banks’ Consider Phlebas and set British writer Dennis Kelly to do a series adaptation of the sci-fi novel.

Kelly, an International Emmy winner for 2013 UK sci-fi series Utopia, will write the planned series for production company Plan B Entertainment, with the estate of Banks, who died in 2013, attached as executive producer.

The acquisition is the latest move in Amazon’s drive to develop large scale genre series with broad global appeal for its Amazon Prime streaming service. Last November, the company signed a deal, reportedly worth $250m, for worldwide TV rights to J R R Tolkien novel The Lord Of The Rings.

Consider Phlebas is the first of nine novels, published between 1987 and 2012, that Scottish author Banks wrote about the Culture, a fictional interstellar utopian society at war with the Idirans, a warlike race intent on dominating the entire galaxy. …

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